On the hunt for a Nikon camera, an ASUS laptop, a pair of Beats headphones, a new washing machine, or the latest tech toy in Singapore? You have come to the right place
Aside from food, fashion, and hip souvenirs, Singapore is also one of the best cities in Asia to shop for consumer electronics – we sure have it all, don’t we! Our tiny red dot is a true techie heaven, and it has lured millions from overseas with the widest and cheapest range of electronic goods in the region. Here, we gather our go-to places to buy the latest tech stuff in Singapore.
Best place for DIY personal computers
Sim Lim Square
Sim Lim Square is a mecca for computer geeks in Singapore, drawing Silicon Valley-type folks into its premises with the latest laptops and related devices like hard-disks, motherboards, power supplies, graphics cards and more. The shops there generally open daily from 12pm to 7pm, and most are open to bargains. Insider tip: head up to the upper floors for more reliable retailers, and look out for shops with the CASE Trust logo to avoid potential scams. Shops we recommend you to visit include PC Clinic (#04-02E) and PC Themes (#04-19). But if you roam this tech haven long enough, you’ll also find other consumer electronic gadgets such as cameras, game consoles and even mobile phone accessories in the mall.
Sim Lim Square, 1 Rochor Canal Road, Singapore 188504, p. 6338 3859.
Best place for computer accessories
Printers, scanners, speakers, keyboards, mouses and even software – this household name has just about everything you need to give your computer devices a serious upgrade. They also provide expert assistance for IT emergencies at the PC Clinic. Sign up for their membership to enjoy members’ discounted prices and accumulate reward points to exchange for gifts.
Challenger Singapore, Various outlets islandwide.
Best place for cameras
Whether you’re a professional cameraman or simply a photography aficionado, Cathay Photo is one spot you should be familiar with. Founded in 1959, Cathay Photo provides the best photographic equipment and services at affordable prices. Here, you can find digital SLRs, compact cameras, video cameras, lenses, filters, camera straps, camera pouches, and other useful photography tools. What’s more? They’ll also sort out your gear and deal with warranty issues.
Cathay Photo, 2 locations at Peninsula Plaza & Marina Square.
Best place for drones
The Drone Shop
Fascinated with the buzz behind drones, quadcopters and aerial photography? Get acquainted with these cool gadgets at The Drone Shop at Buona Vista. The Drone Shop houses two of the best drones in Singapore – DJI Phantom and SteadiDRONE. Not only that, you can also get high-quality spare parts, accessories and components to pimp your drone.
The Drone Shop, 3 South Buona Vista Road, #01-29 Viva Vista, Singapore 118136, p. 8725 5730.
Best place for music earphones and headphones
For lumbering through the daily commute, slipping into do-not-disturb mode on your work desk, or when we’re simply yearning to hear that latest top charting single everyone’s talking about – what would we do without our trusty pair of headphones or earphones? That’s why you should visit Stereo, the spot for you to get your trusty pair of headphones. It doesn’t matter if you’re an ‘oomph’-loving bass-head, or looking for the best noise cancellation or most portable model, you’ll find everything catered to your needs at Stereo, that stocks a wide assortment of headphones and earphones by renowned names like Audio Technica, Beats, Marshall and lots more.
Stereo, 2 locations at Vivocity and Plaza Singapura.
Best place for audio equipment
Known as an audiophile’s haven, The Adelphi houses several audio stores that provide the best audio equipment for your home and more. First, make your way to Tat Chuan Acoustics (#01-17) to get your hands on high-quality earphones or speakers from well-known brands like Klipsch and Sonos. Then head over to Anson Studio (#01-22) to check out home theatre systems for a surround sound experience in the comfort of your home. Lastly, take a trip down memory lane at… well, Memory Lane (#B1-11)! This vintage collector’s wonderland houses an impressive trove of second-hand LPs of various old-school genres, including ’70s pop and ’60s jazz. Wait, need a record player? Simply Music (#03-46) has you covered with its goldmine of low-cost, reliable turntables.
The Adelphi, 1 Coleman St, Singapore 179803, p. 6589 8494.
Best place for small home electronics and appliances
Harvey Norman Singapore
If you’re tricking out a new dig, Harvey Norman is one of the few names that come to mind. Whether you’re looking for a handy dandy epilator, travel-friendly hairdryer or small rice cooker, Harvey Norman is certainly decked with all sorts of small home electronics and appliances from various renowned brands such as Sony, Bosch, Philips and Dyson – perfect for a tech-savvy, practical home.
Harvey Norman Singapore, Various outlets islandwide.
Best place for big-ticket home electronics and appliances
Buying big-ticket electronics items can feel a little paralysing. But Court makes shopping for expensive gadgets and appliances a breeze with flexible monthly instalment plans (for up to 72 months), even without a credit card. Watch out for amazing deals on a weekly basis: selected products have prices slashed or bundled together for great value. Still undecided about purchasing a particular item? Try renting it instead – and you can do so for more than six months!
Courts Megastore, Various outlets islandwide.
Best place for a midnight electronics hunt
Really, there’s no place quite like it: a 24-hour shopping behemoth with just about anything housed under one roof, Mustafa Centre is a paradise for bargain-hunters and hardened shopaholics alike. In the electronics department, it stocks big names like Casio, Canon, Swatch, HP, amongst others.
Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704, p. 6295 5855.
Best place for great electronics bargains and deals
IT Show, PC Show, COMEX and SITEX
These mega IT fairs happen every quarter of the year, and offer penny-saving bargains on cameras, computers, laptops and many other gadgets. They are typically held at the Singapore Expo or Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre over three to four days, with brands and shops known to draw buyers through practical freebies. Take note: on-site offers can disappear within minutes!